Nyagak III Hydroelectric Power Station

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Nyagak III Power Station is a 6.6 megawatts (8,900 hp) proposed mini hydroelectric power project in Uganda, the third-largest economy in the East African Community.[1]

Nyagak III Power Station
Nyagak III Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Uganda
Nyagak III Hydroelectric Power Station
Map of Uganda showing the location of
Nyagak III Power Station
Coordinates02°25′41″N 30°58′24″E / 2.42806°N 30.97333°E / 2.42806; 30.97333Coordinates: 02°25′41″N 30°58′24″E / 2.42806°N 30.97333°E / 2.42806; 30.97333
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsNyagak River
Normal elevation1,380 m (4,530 ft)
Tidal rangeDirections
Nyagak III Hydroelectric Power Station
Coordinates02°25′41″N 30°58′24″E / 2.42806°N 30.97333°E / 2.42806; 30.97333
Commission date2022 (Expected)
Installed capacity(planned) 6.6 MW (8,900 hp)


The power station will be located across the Nyagak River in Nyapea Sub County, Okoro County, Zombo District, in the West Nile sub-region of the Northern Region of Uganda. This is approximately 7 kilometres (4 mi) north of the town of Paidha, close to the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in close proximity to, but downstream of, the existing Nyagak I Power Station.[2]


In September 2010, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was concluded by Lahmeyer International GmbH, a German consulting engineering firm.[3] The Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) would develop Nyagak III through a Public Private Partnership (PPP). In 2013, the International Finance Corporation assisted UEGCL to identify and select an investor from the private sector, who would invest equity and arrange further debt and equity financing for the project. That investor would then design, develop, and operate the development under a PPP agreement with UEGCL. This selection process was expected to last approximately one year, beginning in July 2013.[4] The selected private investor is a consortium consisting of Hydromax Limited and Dott Services Limited. UEGCL and the consortium then formed a special purpose vehicle, Genmax Nyagak Limited, that would build, operate, and manage the power station.[2]

Construction timetableEdit

It was anticipated that the selection process for the core investor would last until 2014. Construction would then begin in 2015 and last three years, with commissioning anticipated in 2018.[5][6]

Construction costsEdit

In 2011, the construction of Nyagak III Power Station was anticipated to cost approximately US$14 million.[7] The power generated would be evacuated via the existing 33 kilovolt transmission power lines linking the towns of Paidha, Nebbi, Bondo, Okollo, and Arua, constructed at an estimated cost of UGX:44.2 billion (€13 million) between 2013 and 2015 following the development of the Nyagak Power Station.[8] In March 2018, the Daily Monitor reported that KfW had withdrawn a grant of Shs36 billion (€8 million), towards completion of this project, due to extended delay in reaching financial close. The Uganda government will have to source new funding to bridge he gap.[9]

As of March 2019, the construction costs are reported to be US$19.4 million. Loans are being sought from (a) Trade Development Bank (TDB) (b) African Development Bank and (c) Exim Bank of China. TDB is looking at the project with a view of funding it.[1]

Recent developmentsEdit

In March 2019, the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, asked UEGCL, expedite the resumption of work on this power station. The new dam capacity is now increased to 6.6 megawatts (8,851 hp). The SPV company is now called GenVax Nyagak. It is jointly owned by the Ugandan government (30 percent) and a consortium (70 percent) comprising (a) Tata Consulting Engineers (b) Dott Services Limited and (c) Hydromax Limited. The table below illustrates the shareholding in GenVax Nyagak.[1]

GenVax Nyagak Stock Ownership
Rank Name of Owner Country Percentage Ownership
1 Government of Uganda Uganda
2 Tata Consulting Engineers India
3 Dott Services Limited Uganda
4 Hydromax Limited Uganda

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Jean Marie Takouleu (25 March 2019). "Uganda: To Relaunch 6.6 MW Nyagak III Hydroelectric Project". Paris, France: Afrik21. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b UEGCL (4 August 2015). "Uganda Electricity Generation Company: Nyagak III Small Hydro Power Plant (5.5MW)". Kampala: Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL). Archived from the original on 7 November 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  3. ^ Herter, Marco (21 June 2010). "Impact of Climate Change On Small Hydropower Plants In The West Nile Region, Uganda" (PDF). Hs-Rottenburg.net. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  4. ^ UEGCL) (18 June 2013). "Selection of A Private Investor for Development of Nyagak III Hydro Power Plant Under A Public Private Partnership Arrangement" (PDF). Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL). Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  5. ^ Odyek, John (2 November 2015). "Construction agreement for Nyagak III Hydro Power signed". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  6. ^ CRO (9 November 2015). "Nyagak III Small Hydro Power Project in Uganda to be constructed". Constructionreviewonline.com (CRO). Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  7. ^ DEVEX (June 2011). "Legal Consultants for Nyagak III Uganda Small Hydro (Firm)". Devex.com (DEVEX). Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  8. ^ Ondoga, Ayiga (15 November 2013). "West Nile power line extension begins". New Vision. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  9. ^ Wesonga, Nelson (8 March 2018). "Germany withholds Nyagak power project cash". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 8 March 2018.

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